A GOVERNMENT minister has visited Burton and South Derbyshire College to meet apprentices and present them with certificates.
Skills minister and Conservative MP Matthew Hancock toured the college’s Lichfield Street campus.
Praising the college, the minister said after his visit: “The practices on display at Burton and South Derbyshire College are at the cutting edge of engaging with the local economy.”
During the tour, Mr Hancock also reviewed proposals for the new university technical college — a school with technical specialisms in biomedical sciences and engineering.
The plans for the university technical college have been proposed by Burton and South Derbyshire College, with backing from key employers and university sponsors including St George’s Park, Royal Derby Hospital, Hatton-based Nestle UK Ltd, FA Learning, Burnaston-based Toyota UK and Coventry University.
The plans were recently given Government approval and the facility is set to open in 2015 to train the next generation of engineers, scientists and technicians.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths said: “I was proud to welcome the minister to the college and to show the outstanding initiatives supporting the development of our young people.”
Dawn Ward, chief executive and principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, said following the minister’s presentation of certificates to a number of apprentices: “We are immensely proud of our involvement with life-changing schemes that are at the heart of the community and the economic regeneration of the area.
“Apprenticeships are now a key platform for people of all ages to gain valuable skills and qualifications while earning a wage at the same time.
“We really enjoyed the opportunity to greet Matthew Hancock here at the college and we aim to fly the flag for all those colleges and further education providers across the country who are listening and responding closely to the needs of employers, and revolutionising the way we deliver the skills for tomorrow today.”
The college has apprenticeship partnerships with major organisations including Burton-based Trent & Dove Housing, Toyota and St George’s Park, in Rangemore.